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Brennecke's Beach Broiler

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Brennecke's Beach Broiler Review

Brennecke's is decidedly casual and fun, with a busy bar, windows overlooking the beach, and a cheery blue-and-white interior. It specializes in big portions in a wide range of offerings including ribeye steak, burgers, fish tacos, pasta, shrimp, and the fresh catch of the day. Can't decide? Then create your own combination meal. This place is especially good for happy hour (3 pm to 5 pm and 8:30 pm to closing), as the drink and pupu menus bring the prices closer to reality. The fare is fair, but the ocean view and convenient location compensate for the food's shortcomings. There's a take-out deli with shave ice downstairs.

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Updated: 01-24-2014

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    Brennecke's Beach Broiler Review

    We eat at least one meal at Brennecke's when we are in Kauai. It isn't the Ritz but the food is consistently good, and atmosphere lively. Love sitting by the window and looking out at the ocean. Very low key - no dress up - casual laid back beach restaurant. Steaks, burgers, salads all good.

    by Shar, 6/15/10
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    IF YOU READ ANYTHING, READ THIS This is a shocking report. I've been a resident of Kauai since the mid 1980's. Been through hurricane Iniki and saw Brennecke's Beach Broiler in Poipu first leveled, then rebuilt, then put back in service as a decent restaurant in the '90s. I live on Kauai's East side now, and hadn't visited Brennecke's until recently. Wow, has it gone down hill. Like mentioned in other Web reviews, I remember the expansive menu, the salad bar, the friendly atmosphere. All gone. Anyway, I'm not here to talk about that. It was what what my friend (who was born here) and I experienced on our visit to Brennecke's that has prompted this review. People need to hear about this. It's what happened to us. Your experience may be different. I sure hope so. SITUATION: We stopped in around 3:30 PM on a Friday afternoon for a couple of "World Famous" Brennecke's Mai Tais at the 'happy' price of $4.95 each. Seemed simple. Their Happy Hour runs from 3 to 5 PM. Before our order was complete our server offered a 'float' of a new product on Kauai -- Koloa Rum -- either on the side or poured on the drink, for an extra $1. "Sure", I said. "Sounds good. Been wanting to try Kauai's local rum anyway." Here's where it gets interesting. Time passes and the server returns, "Sorry sir, that special ended yesterday (oh darn), but we can put the rum in your mai tai instead". OK, why not. It's just another buck I thought. And so I said yes. Wrong thing to do. That substitution of Koloa Rum rather than a 'float' made it a premium drink, bounced it out of Happy Hour pricing and into full retail. I remember, she didn't say it would still be just $1 more, only that they could substitute it, with my permission. Bait and Switch pulled off beautifully. When we were done the bill came: Two mai tais, $8 each. "Sorry sir, the price is set in the computer" we were told. A bit of complaining and the bill got massaged down to $6.45 each ($4.95 Happy Hour mai tai plus $1.50 'misc float'), but come on Brennecke's, are economic times really that bad? So if I go back here ever again, I'll listen very carefully when I'm offered something that sounds to good to be true. I'm going to ask to see it in writing. Oh, I forgot to mention they had another promotion, a Brown Nipple special where they claim to donate a portion from the proceeds to charity on my behalf. Hmmm, I wonder if we would have been able to deduct it from our taxes. Well, we passed on that one right away, but unfortunately got caught by the mai tai upgrade. You know, if this place weren't "Right on the Beach," they'd be up against some stiff competition all across the Island. As a resident, I'd expect the best from a place with this location, not what we experienced. Poipu Beach itself IS a great place to visit, but you may not want to eat --or drink -- there. Final Note: I spoke with the Director of Public Relations at Koloa Rum Company, about our Brennecke's experience, and she said that she, her President and sales manager were unaware of any tie-in using their rum product with Brennecke's happy hour mai tais. Koloa rum is in hot demand on this Island. They do make a fine product worth tasting, and I found out that you can sample different varieties for FREE in their tasting room at Kilohana in Puhi (between Poipu and Lihue). Now that beats a phantom float any time.

    by KauaiF, 10/31/10

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